UPF climbs the Shanghai Ranking
The 2015 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), more commonly known as the Shanghai Ranking, situates Pompeu Fabra University in the 201 to 300 rank range, an improvement over the previous edition, which consolidates its progress in this list.
UPF, which in the past two editions ranked between 301 and 400, excelled in the fields of Economics and Business (in which it ranked within the 51 to 75 range), as well as Computer Science (151-200) and Social Sciences (101-150), positions equal to those from 2014.
Progress made by UPF in the ranking
According to the ARWU, the University of Barcelona (UB) is among the world's top 200 institutions, while the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Madrid and Complutense University of Madrid are in the same rank range as UPF (201-300). Beneath them (401-500) sits the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
The Centre for World-Class Universities and Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) have compiled this annual report since 2003, evaluating the academic and scientific output of over 1,000 universities.
Via its website, it publishes its list of the world's best 500 universities, ranked according to bibliometric indicators regarding academic and research performance, with information broken down into five broad fields and five specific subjects.
Six indicators for ranking universities
The ranking criteria (this ranking does not evaluate scientific productivity and attaches particular importance to awards and honours accumulated over time) and their weights are as follows: Alumni (10%): number of alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; Award (20%): current lecturers winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; HICi (20%): researchers highly cited in the ISI, with regard to 21 subject categories.
The other three indicators are N&S (20%): papers published in the magazines Nature and Science in the past five years; PUB (20%): papers indexed in the ISI's Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Science Citation Index; and, lastly, PCP (10%): which weighs the scores of the above indicators with respect to the size of the institution, based on the number of full-time equivalent academic staff.